The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack on Mono LP
Few girl groups of the 1960s can lay claim to being as influential as The Shangri-Las. Eschewing the glitz ’n’ glamour of their Motown contemporaries, the group’s melodramatic songs and tough girl image - often at odds with lead singer Mary’s tremulous vocals - have resonated across the decades in the recordings of Blondie, Amy Winehouse and, latterly, Bat For Lashes.
Comprising sisters Betty and Mary Weiss and twins Marge and Mary Ann Ganser, the group formed in high school in Queens, NYC in 1963 and made their Red Bird debut with producer George ‘Shadow’ Morton’s opus "Remember (Walking In The Sand)." Between 1964 and 1966 they charted 11 US Hot 100 singles.
Recorded to capitalize on their US No.1 death disc classic "Leader Of The Pack" (penned by Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry), side 1 of this mono 12-tracker brings The Shangs’ distinctive sound and penchant for tear-stained heartbreak to the fore with tracks such as "Easier To Cry" and "What Is Love?"
Side 2 includes rough ’n’ ready live recordings of the Isley Brothers’ "Twist And Shout," the Phil Upchurch stomper "You Can’t Sit Down" and, harking back to their high school roots, The Chantels’ "Maybe." The album’s opener, "Give Him A Great Big Kiss," was immediately spun off as a single, peaking at No. 18 in the U.S. in early 1965.
In the wake of producer George 'Shadow' Morton’s death in February of 2014 comes this timely vinyl reissue from one of pop’s best loved girl groups and foremost exponents of teenage angst The Shangri-Las.
The Shangri-Las Leader Of The Pack Track Listing:
1. Give Him a Great Big Kiss
2. Leader of the Pack
3. Bull Dog
4. It's Easier To Cry
5. What Is Love
6. Remember (Walkin in the Sand)
7. Twist And Shout
9. So Much In Love
11. Good Night, My Love, Pleasant Dreams
12. You Can't Sit Down